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The Trackside guide says nothing on the matter. The leader, CN 2229 made more exhaust than most Dash-9s I've seen. Or perhaps it was the trailing Connell SD40-3? Lost of empty stack cars and hoppers. The train also conceals an Algoma Central gondola.
For starters, these aren't real WC engines. For over 30 years they were CN SD40's, the backbone of the fleet. Just like their SD40 brothers before them, who became CN 6000 SD40u series, they were sent for re-building to PSC in the 90s, who by that time was privatized by ALSTOM. Hence they got...
KCS SD40-3 #613 leads KCS 6601 (SD40-3, ex-CN SD40 #5214) and 7013 (SD50, ex-CSX #8678, nee-CR #6784) down the short 1.7% grade through the sleepily hamlet of Eagleton...population 18 folks, 10 dogs and 1 mule. Having just crested the 1.5% grade from Heavener, OK to Rich Mountain, AR the hogger...
A bit of history on these units (WC 6900-6949)
Originally CN SD40's in the 5000-5240 series, look like this:
- rebuild by Ashtom in 1997/1998, look like this:
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